Sound familiar?

An excerpt from Samuel Mordecai's Richmond In By-Gone Days eloquently reminisces on the "flush times" Richmond experienced after the War of 1812, during the mid-late 18-teens, and it sounds quite familiar to what many markets across the country are recovering from today.  He is quoting Washington Irving's description of speculative real estate mania from the [...]

Walking The Clifton Site

This evening I met with T. Tyler Potterfield, author of Nonesuch Place: A History of the Richmond Landscape, and Gibson Worsham, Architectural Historian at 3north and author of the blog, "Urban Scale Richmond," for a tour of the Clifton site.  We began with a brief overview of the Capitol hill and walked over to the [...]

Matching carriages in Latrobe perspectives

Matching carriages in Latrobe perspectives

Latrobe made his presentation perspective on the "Clifton" house on this particular piece of ground just come to life.  Just as he had done with previous, important presentation drawings for residential commissions such as the Pennock House or Sedgeley Villa, he depicted the owners of the home engaged in some activity, and even illustrated the [...]

Creating a chronology of architect George Tolman – update

New additions to the chronology are highlighted in blue. As I research George Russell Tolman, a Richmond architect transplanted from New England and once parter of Richmond's "dean of architecture" Marion J. Dommon, I am developing a chronology of his life events.  Here is what I have so far: 1848, Dec 5 George Russell Tolman [...]